“Telling the truth is something healthy and when I say that Leo Messi will be happier with me than with Bartomeu I am not telling any lie”, were the recent words of the current president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, during an interview with the newspaper Sport, in which he once again conveyed his confidence that the Argentine will be re-enrolled in the Barça squad, after his previous contract expired on June 30 while the footballer played the Copa América, the which he conquered in Brazil.
In the absence of the official news that ‘La Pulga’ will continue as culé, it is more than evident that the player is missing very little to enhance his legend at the Camp Nou. He is the club’s top scorer with 767 goals; that is to say, only 33 to reach 800. A record that only reflects his great sporting career and the significance it has for Barcelona. He has managed with FC Barcelona to celebrate up to 38 titles, there are so many, that he is already only six away from reaching the Brazilian Dani Alves, who has 44 and is the player with the most alirias in the world.
In addition, he will be the first to play with Barça for 18 seasons and will equal Xavi Hernández as the player who won the most wins with the Catalan colors, currently he is only two with 87 wins. He is also very close to matching him in the number of matches played in the UEFA Champions League, Xaxi did it 149 opportunities and Leo Messi is two behind.
What is missing from Messi?
Those that most urge the Argentine are the World Cup with Argentina and the Champions League with FC Barcelona. He has managed to win the first title in the framework of a great international tournament such as the Copa América, but the maximum European competition has been since 2015 without being in their hands. In addition, in several individual sections the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses him, in that particular sports war that exists between the two.
They both compete to be the one with the most Ballon d’Ors and the most Golden Boots before retiring. At the moment, Leo beats Madeira six to five in Ballons d’Or. He also wins in Golden Boots, where he wins six to four. The goal is to maintain that advantage until the end of their careers. It is more complicated for him to beat the Portuguese in the classification of historical scorers in the Champions League. There, Cristiano takes him 14 goals ahead with 120 goals. With Argentina he also has the mission to equalize and leave behind Pelé as the top scorer for South American teams.